- facing the observer.
- corresponding to something else as a counterpart.
- having the base narrower than the top, as a leaf.
Origin of obverse
Examples from the Web for obverse
The old Kaiser Franz Joseph, faithful and hardworking, was the obverse of the feckless and impetuous German kaiser.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913?
June 9, 2013
As for the obverse, my liberal allies, this explains why information that seems so obvious to us never gets through.Bob Woodward and the Rules of Washington Morality
March 3, 2013
The reverse of the sheet contained a will exactly like that on the obverse.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
This truth is likewise testified to on the obverse aspect of psychology.Mind and Motion and Monism
George John Romanes
The laws of Art are the laws of Life, read smaller on the obverse.Flamsted quarries
Mary E. Waller
This name was given them from the legend, on the obverse, iam.
They bear on the obverse the head of the king with the usual mural crown surmounted by a crescent and inflated ball.
- facing or turned towards the observer
- forming or serving as a counterpart
- (of certain plant leaves) narrower at the base than at the top
- a counterpart or complement
- the side of a coin that bears the main design or deviceCompare reverse (def. 15)
- logic a categorial proposition derived from another by replacing the original predicate by its negation and changing the proposition from affirmative to negative or vice versa, as no sum is correct from every sum is incorrect
Word Origin and History for obverse
"turned toward the observer, frontal," 1650s, from Latin obversus "turned against, directed toward," past participle of obvertere "to turn toward or against," from ob "toward" (see ob-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). According to OED, not in common use until the end of the 18th century. The noun, in reference to coins, medals, etc. (opposite of reverse), is attested from 1650s. Related: Obversely.